Did you know that 1 in 10 people are thought to be dyslexic in some way? That means that over half a million people in Scotland have dyslexia. The word ‘dyslexia’ is a tricky one to spell. The word comes from the Greek and it means ‘difficulty with words’. Dyslexia effects everyone in different ways, but basically it means that you may need help with reading, writing, spelling and sometimes speaking too. People with dyslexia have amazing talents. You only have to look at lists of famous people with dyslexia to realise how the right support can help people with dyslexia achieve incredible things: the actress Keira Knightley, the chef Jamie Oliver, the businessman Sir Richard Branson…. the list goes on.
Another talented person with dyslexia is Lyla, a pupil from Mearns Castle High School who won the Scottish Youth Poetry Slam for this awesome poem. Read it below, or check out Lyla perform the poem in this Facebook video.
My name is Lyla
I love lots of drama, and everyday I am curious
But when I was seven I was diagnosed with something more serious
It sometimes muddles up my words when I write
I can’t read small writing
I don’t really care if people find out… I’m dyslexic.
I find Math and English a wee bit hard
My mum’s dyslexic but she mastered her dream in spite of it.
Being dyslexic can really suck, but if I really try that little bit harder I will master my dream so never give up
Memory is the worst for me I can’t remember much but if I really try like in this poem I really can succeed with a bit of luck
I’m dyslexic as I said before
I don’t care if people find out
If I wasn’t dyslexic I wouldn’t be me I am what you see.
A big thank you to Lyla for letting us share her poem.
If you’ve got dyslexia, Dyslexia Scotland are there for you to help and listen to you.